Services for Gilbert McClain Preston will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen with full military honors.
Mr. Preston was born April 16, 1935, in Lincoln, Neb., to Clayton (Tex) and Elizabeth Gordon Preston.
After high school and service in the Korean War, he married Luzie Mandera on Oct. 9, 1959, in Kitzingen, Germany.
He retired as a sergeant first class after 22 years of service in the U.S. Army. He earned numerous awards, including the National Defense Service Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his service in Korea.
Killeen had been his hometown since August 1967, where he and Luzie raised their four children. Upon retiring from the military, Gil worked as a contractor before going to work as a painter for the Killeen Independent School District.
Mr. Preston loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He and Luzie enjoyed traveling and gardening. He was also an avid cowboys fan, both the Dallas football and John Wayne varieties. He relished all these simple pleasures of life, often accompanied with a cigarette and a cold beverage.
Our family would like to send a special thanks to the Veterans Affairs in Temple, Visiting Angels, and the Rosewood Nursing Home for all they have done for Gil.
Mr. Preston was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Luzie; his brother, James; grandson, Brandon Trevino; brothers-in-law, Heinrich, Kalle, and Siegfried Mandera; and sister-in-law, Anna Weferling.
Survivors include his sister, Donna Roland; children, Linda Breyfogle (Donald), Judy Paradice (John), Robert Preston (Jacqueline) and Susan Preston; grand children, Joshua Breyfogle, Sarah Breyfogle, David Breyfogle, Todd Breyfogle, Craig Payne, Brendan Paradice, Sammi Paradice, Stephanie Moseley, Jennifer Ryan, Eric Preston, Mary Preston and Daniel Trevino; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Walter, Herbert, and Gerhard Mandera, and sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bolm.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Wounded Warriors or the veterans support group of your choosing.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge or arrangements.